National Nursing Week 2020

National Nursing Week – May 11-17, 2020

The Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union wishes our more than 7,500 members a happy National Nursing Week. NSNU members are on the frontlines of a global pandemic, an unprecedented and challenging time.  

The core message of the NSNU NNW 2020 campaign extends to a broader audience by asking the public to please stay home to help nurses save lives. The campaign includes web content, shareables, print and digital advertising, and a new commercial that highlights this important theme. You can view those materials, including the commercial, at this link.

Every year we ask NSNU locals to send us photos and stories from National Nursing Week festivities. We look forward to hearing how members celebrated with colleagues, then sharing these stories in our newsletter.

As you are aware, under the current circumstances an event which would require people to gather would not be permissible.  However, your Local might decide to hold a gathering in a virtual environment, buy a special cake or lunch, or donate to a food bank or shelter charity, as some locals have done in past years. 

However you choose to celebrate, please share your photos with the NSNU by tagging us on social media, or via email at [at]


Shine a Light

During National Nursing Week, the NSNU will leave a special light on in the front entrance of our office building at 150 Garland to honour nurses and others who have fallen to COVID-19, and those who are bravely battling the disease, both personally and in an effort to save COVID-19 positive patients in their care.

Global Nurses United plans to pay tribute to nurses who have passed away from the virus. They will release their names as a memorial on May 12th – International Nurses Day. Tragically, the list compiled thus far has 219 names on it from 27 countries. 

To view the memorial on May 12th, visit

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Join the Conversation Online

Not only here at home, but the world over nurses are being celebrated for their dedication to patient care. This year’s Nursing Week theme is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead — Nursing the World to Health”. Nurses are encouraged to share photos and stories on social media that depict the diversity of their work and nursing story using the hashtags #Nurses2020 and #NationalNursingWeek. Be sure to tag the NSNU in your posts.

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